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Monday, March 19, 2012

It’s time to go sit on the hill.

      I will position myself on the fortress. 
      I will keep watch to see 
      what the Lord says to me 
      and how he
a will respond
      to my complaint.

Habakkuk 2:1 (CEV)

I’m a little slow….sometimes it takes me a minute to get the message.  Lately, I think I know what I’m supposed to do, but I’m so busy, mostly busy making empty noise, that there are few quiet spaces to hear His Voice.  I talked to my Gayle as I walked the dog this morning, where the thought occurred to me, “it’s time to go sit on the hill.” Just on the heels of that conversation, I popped onto FB where my incredibly wise and wonderful friend J wrote in a status update, “When one door closes, God opens ten more. Usually, you don't realize how many paths have been carved out for you. Peace be still and wait on His calling.”  Whew...direct hit.  It's time to go sit on the hill.

There are days when I lay my weary body down and can’t remember what I’ve accomplished (of note) during that day.  Things get done, but there’s more empty busyness than accomplishment.  That’s got to stop. I can be peaceful and moving, but my intention must be different.  When Habakkuk wrote about taking his post, he was not talking about inactivity; rather, he spoke about keeping watch, being active.  Habakkuk went about his days while patiently awaiting a word from the Lord.  I’m giving it a try. I’m going to try and achieve an active peace.

I can relate to Habakkuk.  Very little is known about him, but it is said he was a temple priest, a musician, a worshiper.  As a liturgical dancer, I often achieve peace through movement.  For those of you who know me, my saying "It's time to do sit on the hill" does not mean I'm off somewhere to be still. (that's just not going to happen).  I am, however, becoming intentional about quietness.  “Peace be still and wait on His calling.

This weekend, I did something I’ve never done before.  Since we bought our house, we’ve greeted spring with a riot of daffodils erupting in front of the house in early March.  Saturday afternoon, for the first time ever, my daughter and I cut several to fill a vase.  Yesterday, I sat (still) in the sun and enjoyed them in all their lemony splendor.  I can learn to be still.

Finally this morning I read an article about writing affirmations.  This certainly sounds like an affirmation to me…”I will keep watch to see what the Lord says to me…” It’s what I heard in my head, what J wrote on her page, what I will do until I hear.   In the meantime, I will be actively peaceful, drinking in my daffodils.  Thank You Lord, for all of it; including distractions You challenge me to pull away from in order to press in to hear You.  My life overflows, like a vase filled with daffodils.  My life is filled with reminders that God is Good.


  1. This is great. Interestingly enough, I have to remind myself to "be still" when I am faced with injustice. Often times, people tend to take your smiling face and calm demeanor for "she won't have a problem" with whatever the situation may be; no matter how unjust. But, they tried me this morning :-)

    I reminded myself to be still because oh too often, I would pack my "Georgy Bundle" (Trini slang) and be on my way and never look back. But, God has placed me in my present job for a lot more reasons than my current title. So, I had to remind myself to "be still". I expressed my disdain for their injustice and let God do the rest.

    I have since turned off the stove under my boiling spirit at the gym (1/2 hour on the treadmill)...That was God talking to me, because I've been struggling with staying committed to exercising. Thank you Lord for silencing the angry beast inside me this morning. My workout was exhilirating and refreshed my soul.

    I enjoy your posts, Chelle....and you're right..being still can entail you dancing your way all the way to the top of the hill and "listening" to His voice as you jump up and down on the top of the hill.

    1. You know I love you. Thanks for being both inspiration and confirmation.

  2. new follower here. stopping by from the blog hop

  3. I love that line 'life overflows, like a vase full of daffodils'. Just beautiful. need to go get me some now! P.S: I've given you the versatile blogger award :)

  4. Love your blog and so thankful to have you join us at No Ordinary Blog Hop. God bless you!

  5. last year for Lent I sat and ate breakfast in silence and di nothing else.....no reading the paper, checking emails or writing lists....sounds day but it was not!!!


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